Team Row to Protect Public Water Access and Urban Waterways
ANNUAL â€œAmerican Starâ€ ROWING RACE
In Hudson River Park Estuarine Sanctuary/New York Harbor
Floating the Apple Boat House On Pier 84 north-side, W. 44th Street
Saturday, 4 December 2010, 11am to 4pm
The Public is welcome to Cheer-on youth crews from NYC, Long Island, upstate NY and CT
rain date Sunday 5th December 2010
Sponsored by Floating The Apple, Inc, the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). http://www.harborestuary.org
In cooperation w/ Hudson River Park Trust & West 44th Street Better Block Assoc.
This event commemorates a December 1824 two-gig contest which drew 50,000 spectators 186 years ago. Five New York Harbor Whitehall boatmen rowed their own Brooklyn-built gig, the â€œAmerican Star,â€ to victory, a distance of four miles in 22 minutes, handily winning over British sailors who had previously won a Thames race in their rakish rowboat, â€œDart.â€The British Captain offered a $1000 prize on condition of a first fair day race to be held against anyone. The highly esteemed American Star gig upheld the honor of the â€œWhitehallers and their Cityâ€ in the international match race, one of the most colorful in the annals of early American aquatic sport. NYC Whitehall Street rowboats were in their prime in 1824 when speed was essential to transport people and goods. They illustrated American ingenuity and mechanics. Today over thirty Floating the Apple Whitehall gigs have been built with NYCâ€™s finest-its youth. Three gigs will be provided for todayâ€™s event.
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